Lifetime Senior Pass price to increase by 700%
Did you know the Lifetime Senior Pass for all National Park and Forest Service Fee areas is going up? Today it is $10. After August 27th it will be $80. That’s right, a $70 increase and a 700% rise in price. Get to a National Park fee area no later than August 27, 2017 to avoid the price increase!
American citizens and permanent residents with a valid photo ID who are 62 years old or older.
How Do I Get a Lifetime Senior Pass?
The most fun way is to visit any Federal recreation site where entrance fees are collected; National Parks, National Wildlife Areas, and many National Forest Lands. I got mine at the Mt. Evans Mountain Road kiosk. It costs $15 to drive up this mountain road with incredible views, but since I bought my Lifetime Senior Pass, I only paid $10.
You can also find a district office and buy your pass there. Here is the link to the places you can purchase your pass organized by state:
Why is the price increasing to $80?
We have the US Congress to thank for the increase. They passed the Centennial Legislation P.L. 114-289 on December 16, 2016. Essentially, this legislation states that the cost of the lifetime Senior Pass must be equal to the cost of the annual America the Beautiful pass, which is available regardless of age and is currently $80. If you would like to read the bill, here is the link.
Don’t Lose Your Senior Pass
If you aren’t sure you can find your Lifetime Senior Pass, go get another one NOW before the price increases. The National Park Service cannot replace lost or stolen passes, so please keep your pass secure.
Still Have Questions?
Call the Denver Office Monday through Friday 8 am – 4 pm Mountain Time and talk to a Park and Forest Service Employee, 1-888-275-874. If the line is busy, download the full list of offices and recreation sites and call one near you. Here is the link.
The National Park Service website has a page dedicated to questions about Changes to the Senior Pass and also a page about all the offered America the Beautiful Passes.
What Are You Waiting For?
Get out there and buy your pass so you and often everyone in your vehicle can start to “Connect With Nature to Heal”.
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